“... the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” (The New York Times)
Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has been called “a renaissance artist at the height of his powers” (BBC) and “the greatest working jazz pianist” (The New Yorker). He is first and foremost an improviser but also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, with the structure of his musical thought serving as an expressive device.
He has worked alongside several great jazz artists, including Joshua Redman, Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, and Charles Lloyd, among others. For more than a decade, he has collaborated with several musicians and peers, including the guitarists Peter Bernstein and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Mehldau also has played on a number of recordings outside of the jazz idiom, like Willie Nelson’s Teatro and singer-songwriter Joe Henry’s Scar. His music has appeared in several movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel.
For his return to Koerner Hall, Mehldau plays a solo night of new jazz works commissioned by The Royal Conservatory, Wigmore Hall (London), Carnegie Hall, and Cal Performances (UC Berkeley). The pieces reflect the influences of French impressionism in 13 passages. The remaining part of the concert will include compositions from his album Suite: April 2020
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